UConn Storrs Campus

UConn Storrs is the flagship campus of the State’s university. The sprawling campus is situated among the hills and dales of “the Quiet Corner” of Connecticut, with easy access to all the amenities.

ENGL 1003: Writing for Multilingual Students In English 1003, multilingual students whose home language is not English, and who will be coming to UConn from a country outside the US, will find that the course is a welcome introduction to composing work for the American university. The course is limited to 15 students so each student can receive individualized attention for their work. Students learn new methods for writing, composing, and designing projects through classroom work; this work includes reading and writing assignments that encourage them to bring their own knowledge and experiences into a new analytical framework. All work undergoes a series of drafts with students reflecting on the new methods they are adopting to help bring awareness of an approach to writing that will be invaluable in future coursework. The course should not be confused with an English language course as this course focuses on writing for multilingual students. Most students who take ENGL 1003 move to ENGL 1004, which is described below. 


ENGL 1004: Introduction to Academic Writing In ENGL 1004 classes, students have the opportunity to grow from the individualized attention and guidance provided by their instructor. English 1004 prepares students for the work required in ENGL 1007 at Storrs as well as for  future courses outside of English, by introducing them to a range of composition modes and communication for varied audiences. In ENGL 1004, students can expect to create a variety of compositions that draw on textual, visual, digital, and audio composition practices explored throughout the course. The course introduces students to a unique approach to writing through the activities of writing, composing, and designing meaningful work that audiences will want to return to. Engagement with and reflection on these and related composition practices prepare students for the work expected in ENGL 1007, which is described below. 


ENGL-1007: Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition Through ENGL 1007, students are introduced to different modes and approaches to composition and become aware of, and respond to, a variety of rhetorical situations. Our students compose through multiple forms of literacy, including rhetorical, digital, and information literacies necessary for twenty-first-century contexts. Students develop creatively intellectual inquiries through sustained engagement with texts, ideas, and problems. As students develop a new approach to writing, they also develop transferable skills for writing in a variety of contexts and disciplines. ENGL-1007 encourages transfer through our course moves, which are specific composition moves writers make in many rhetorical situations or in many disciplines: collecting & curating, engaging, contextualizing, theorizing, and circulating. Our learning objectives describe the long-term habits our students will develop in ENGL-1007 and put to use in later coursework. At Storrs, the “Seminar in Academic Writing and Multimodal Composition” includes a composition Studio that provides time to engage in collaborative composing and culminates in students’ development of a Digital Learning Portfolio. The Digital Learning Portfolio both archives student work and showcases their skills from both their Seminar and Studio. Throughout the Studio, students and instructors experiment with and apply the cognitive, creative, and technical skills needed for effective communication in a range of modes and through a number of traditional and emergent technologies. Students will receive one grade for the Seminar and Studio together.  

ENGL-1007 may be used to fulfill any course prerequisites also satisfied by ENGL 1010 or 1011. ENGL-1007 is a four-credit course.

For more information on FYW on the Storrs Campus, feel free to review this website (fyw.uconn.edu), or contact

Dr. Lisa Blansett, Director

Dr. Alex Gatten, Associate Director

Email: firstyearwriting@uconn.edu